Canning is a method of food preservation in which food is processed, sealed and stored in an airtight container.
a brief History of canning
In 1795, the French were desperate to create a solution to feed the military during the French Revolution
The French government offered 12,000 Francs to any inventor who could devise a cheap way to store large quantities of food
In 1809, Nicholas Appert, a French brewer and confectioner, discovered that food cooked inside of a jar did not spoil until the seal was broken, thus creating a method of storing food in glass jars.
His original design included glass jars sealed with a cork reinforced with wax and wire, then boiled for a certain amount of time. Very similar to the process we still use today!
Fun fact: what came first- The can or the can opener?
Iron cans began as a niche item and rose in popularity in the 1840's. The manufacturers suggestion for opening was to simply use a hammer and a chisel.
It wasn't until 1858 that Ezra J. Warner patented the first can opener- nearly 40 years after the invention of the can!
Now lets get started
You will need:
Veggies to pickle (beets, cucumbers, beans, etc.)
Pot to boil water
Knife + cutting board
Types of canned goods
Its important to have a knowledge of the pH scale and level of acidity of the foods you are canning to prevent botulism
Fruits and fruit juices
Jams and Jellies
Pickles and relishes
Chutneys and pie fillings